Serie A defends monkeys painting for anti-racism campaign

ROME (AP) — Serie A said “true art is provocation” after being criticized as insensitive toward racism for installing a painting at the Italian league’s headquarters featuring three monkeys to represent three different races.

While black players are regularly subjected to monkey chants in games, artist Simone Fugazzotto said his painting was meant “to show that we are all the same race.”

The league used the painting at a presentation of its anti-racism campaign in Milan, and Fare, soccer’s leading discrimination monitoring group, called it “a sick joke.”

“True art is provocation,” the league said in a statement to The Associated Press late Monday. “The idea behind Fugazzotto’s artwork is that whoever shouts racist chants regresses to his primitive status of
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